Horry Scale: Dre Delivers


VIDEO: Andre Iguodala’s Game Winner In Atlanta

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — AHHH. Of course, it happened again. After I lamented Joe Johnson rudely intruding on my vacation with his Game Winning Buzzer Beater last night, of course Andre Iguodala had to get in on this as well. You want a vacation? Suck it up, buddy! Sorry Mom and Dad!

Like I said last night, I know we usually air these posts out a bit, but this one is going to be a bit more to the point, because, you know, vacation. But before we get too far into this, we should stop and explain why we’re here: What is the Horry Scale? For those who are new around these parts, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

And so here we are, with Andre Iguodala tearing me away from movie night with the family to write another Horry Scale post. (BTW, thanks Dre!) Let’s do this…

DIFFICULTY
It was just six weeks ago that Andre Iguodala hit a GWBB to beat the Thunder. This time Andre was the inbounds man instead of setting the pick. He got the ball in to Stephen Curry, and the Hawks immediately doubled Curry. In the circumstance, this seemed like the right thing to do, because, you know, it’s Steph Curry and draining crazy threes is the kind of thing Curry does. Curry made the smart play and hit the open Iguodala, and Dre spun around and, completely unguarded, drained the long three for the win. Jeff Teague made a late charge at him, but it was too little (literally), too late. Simple, smart basketball by the Warriors. And if the Hawks were going to double someone, they should probably have had someone ready to rotate to the shooter quicker than they did.

GAME SITUATION
I grew up a Hawks fan, so I’m used to seeing the Hawks blow close games at the buzzer. That said, with Al Horford injured and out for the season, this is the type of game the Hawks probably aren’t supposed to even be close in, much less have a chance at winning. The Warriors were down 8 heading into the fourth, but they mounted an epic comeback to not only get into the game but to win it with that long last second three. Nice road win for Golden State, tough home loss for the ATLiens.

CELEBRATION
The Warriors managed to piece together my favorite type of celebration, where they exit the floor as they’re cheering on the shot. Also, Dre appeared to shout out someone in the crowd as he sprinted to the opposite end of the court. (Maybe Harry the Hawk? Spirit the Hawk?) Klay Thompson was gesturing for everyone to get on their feet, even as all the Warriors cleared the floor. Also worth noting, someone in an orange shirt sprinted off the Warriors bench and narrowly missed delivering a shivering chest bump to Iguodala. I’m guessing that was Kent Bazemore, because that seems like a really Kent Bazemore thing to do.

GRADE
Clutch shot. Not an easy shot, because a three-pointer with the clock ticking down isn’t easy. But then, it was an open shot, and it was the kind of shot Andre Iguodala loves to take, even with the pressure on him. So for those reasons and more, I’m giving this shot Three Horrys…

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What say you? How many Horrys does Andre Iguodala’s shot deserve?

35 Comments

  1. mgml says:

    Yo Lang, you are losing credibility. 3 stars for this shot? So, what u need Lebron James taking a shot like this with 3 seconds remaining and 2 points down in Finals to give a 4 star. Cmon man!

    • jordan4564 says:

      1st of all i dont think that there are too many shots in the regular season that deserve 5 horrys. I’ll say it again, you cant just hand out 5s or even 4s to everyone that hits a game winner. That puts way too many shot in the same box. Ray allen’s 3 in the finals last year is a 5, this shot cant be a 5 too lol.
      He’s wide open watch the replay! klay’s defender comes off him to contest and is virtually invisible in andres eyes. the definiton of an open shot is when the closes defender is 4 feet away. Thats a lot of space. Especially after you jump and release at the top of ur shot.
      You could argue 3.5 but i think 3 is fair only cuz it was wide open.

      Another good job rating Lang! Keep it up!

      • isaac says:

        The main problem I have with the guy rating these game winners is his inconsistency. For example, he gave Joe Johnson’s 1st buzzer beater against Phoenix 3 Horrys, and it was not that difficult of a shot. I think it would be okay to give that one a 3 if doing so didn’t put it in the same category as much better game winners such as Jeff Green’s and even this one. I personally think that this one deserves 4 Horrys because not only was the game on the line (they were down by 2), the Warriors 7 game winning streak was also on the line. With the win, the Warriors extend their win streak to 8 games and have a reasonably easy remainder of their road trip coming up.

  2. wow says:

    way to go… he gives bad buzzer beaters 5 stars, and he gives the great ones like 3 stars…

  3. Come On says:

    This buzzer beater deserves 4 Horrys. Nuff Said.

  4. Frank says:

    You didnt take into account that he didnt score for 3 quarters of the game. He was ICE cold. This definitely deserves 4 Horrys.

  5. Ikey says:

    You’ve got to be kidding yourself, Lang! 3 horrys? I believe he deserve a 5!

  6. Jordan Dale says:

    This isn’t a great buzzer beater, it’s a wide open 3… I liked the celebration though, it deserves a 3.

  7. Stephisbeast says:

    Not much credibility here… Iguodala’s shot was super clutch. $ horrys minimum

  8. Brydon says:

    A wide open three? I’d give it a two.

  9. Rob says:

    5 Stars, turning around like that and shooting completely out of rhythm is harder than shooting in rhythm guarded. He didn’t shoot in 3 quarters and misses free throws horribly late in the game. It’s mind boggling how accurate he’s always been late in the game from 3. I’m a Nique Martyr too, Lang.

  10. Not sure why people are so mad at Lang, this for sure deserves a maximum of 3 horrys…

  11. jim says:

    The celebration, choo chooing down the tunnel. Yeah.

    I’m going 5, because I gave him 5 last time and I love him.

    Also…5 for the entire play: Dre couldn’t be sure the guy was open under the basket, dropped it to Curry, who was trapped in the same circumstance against San Antonio and couldn’t get up a shot, a calm read to bounce to Dre, a calm gather and pop.

    Flaps down and running before it goes down, the Bazemore swing and Dre duck, the train, the point at the heckler (?).

    Five baby, plus a tough OT win vs. the Cavs, broiling the FL teams, tonight…

    But mostly b/c Dre is so, so essential.

  12. dustydreamnz says:

    Who was that guy on the court in the red celebrating with him?

  13. EggoMyLegoIggy says:

    This is 4 Horrys 5 had it been same sort of scenario with a strong contest
    1 for the celebration it was nice and yet not over the top
    1 because the shot clock was ticking down
    1 the team was down
    1 because it was clutch turn around 3 and he nailed it

  14. MT from Australia says:

    3 is a good rating. If it was guarded or from distance it would have been a 4 and from >half court and guarded it deserves a 5.

  15. AJ Mills says:

    Second game of a back-to-back (and the first was beating the Heat in Miami), fourth game of 7-game eastern road trip, eighth win in a row … ? This was a great win for the Warriors, especially after having not played well most of the night. It’s important for the team to figure out how to win on bad (three-pt) shooting nights–preferably some time before the playoffs.

  16. Darius says:

    This is crazy shot anyway. GS down by 2 and all or nothing. you give 3 or 4 horrys for shots when the game is tie, and now only 3 horrys also? continue your vacation and stop writing this ***

  17. henriquebfs says:

    people giving 5 horrys…. do you realize 5 is the maximum? Clutch, ok, really great. But he had time and space. 3 and thats it

  18. RPT says:

    You missed importance. Let me guess, in a hurry to get back to vacation. Now to address these other wingnuts on here….It wasn’t 100% wide open, it was a turnaround and there was a defender coming at him, so close to him in fact they made contact before he even hit the ground. Knowing you have to get a shot off without time to set yourself and seeing a body come at you is enough to throw the person trying to make that shot, especially at that distance. So yes, it was a hard shot. Still 3 Horry’s is a fair grade because the importance isn’t there. It has a modicum of imprtance becuase it keeps the streak alive but ATL are not conference or division rivals, it wasn’t a win or miss the playoffs situation, and it didn’t even move them up in the standings (although that because of a Houston win) so for those reasons it is only worth three Horry’s. The failed chest bump was hilarious, reminds me of Nate falling over paul pierce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_CpD5ujj7w

  19. Pétrus says:

    3 horrys… i think he deserves just because they would lose the game if me hadn’t hit the shot, but i think the Game importance grade should be here, instead of celebration. And it was two top teams, 3 horrys just enough for Iguodala

  20. SLH says:

    Are you kidding me?? It wasn’t a wide open 3pointer! Jeff teague contested the shot! C’mon man! You blind or something?

  21. Jimmy Chitwood says:

    Yes it was an open look… but it was deep, off balance, and he’d been scoreless through 3 quarters.
    Road game against an inferior opponent influences the scale, I’m just not sure in which direction.
    3 Horrys is fair. Moderately tough shot, nice little celebration as well, nothing that stood out to justify a 4 or 5 Horry preformance. Remeber, we shant devalue the scale by giving out 4 and 5 Horrys willy-nilly.
    I think we can all agree that was indeed the Bazed God with the whiffed chest bump. This is a fun team.

  22. atk12345678 says:

    I gave that five just because I had to whiteness all the warriors celebrating in Philips arena after he hit that shot.

  23. Switched says:

    This guy gave only 3 horrys to an amazing shot and 4 to boring ones. Put the smoke down man.

  24. dee carter says:

    The Horry Scale is only for playoff games. The man has 6 rings…not comparisons should be made about a regular season game

  25. Ikey says:

    You guys don’t get it! ‘Dre deserve a 5, a buzzer beater is a shot taken just before the game clock of a period expires. That being said, Lang, time to change your horrys to 5 or re-write this whole story. Get Iggy with it!

  26. Sykler says:

    3 stars for a turning around jumper? Really? It’s really difficult to hit that when you receive the ball and you’re not with your feet set, looking to the basket. OK, unguarded, let’s not give that 5, but make it a 4! And what’s more, GSW were 2 points down, not even tied…

  27. Totally says:

    He only gives three’s these days. What will it take, a little more WHITaker

  28. three or 3.5 says:

    1st of all i dont think that there are too many shots in the regular season that deserve 5 horrys. I’ll say it again, you cant just hand out 5s or even 4s to everyone that hits a game winner. That puts way too many shot in the same box. Ray allen’s 3 in the finals last year is a 5, this shot cant be a 5 too lol.
    He’s wide open watch the replay! klay’s defender comes off him to contest and is virtually invisible in andres eyes. the definiton of an open shot is when the closes defender is 4 feet away. Thats a lot of space. Especially after you jump and release at the top of ur shot.
    You could argue 3.5 but i think 3 is fair only cuz it was wide open.

    Another good job rating Lang! Keep it up!

    I AGREE GOOD JOB LANG

  29. Byron Mullens= MVP says:

    Did you see his vertical on the jumpshot….. It was ridiculous

  30. Tom says:

    It was a three, are you all blind?

  31. FINALS says:

    I give’th a four.

  32. Emio says:

    i just love that this scale exists.
    i always feel so bas for the unrequited celebration.. hive fives left hanging… but especially when it involves jumping
    ie Bazemore, Nate..it’s the responsibility of the hero to bring people into the celebration. Make is accessible, I’d argue that these buzzer beaters are the benches shining moment, their excuse to run on the court and be part of the team, the moment..just seen.

  33. renzky says:

    This guy giving the ratings is bias. nuff said